Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Students Experience Engineering in Action; ENGINEERING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Students Experience Engineering in Action; ENGINEERING

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Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

NORTH East family firm Reece Group has teamed up with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) to give engineers of the future the chance to explore for themselves the wide range of STEM careers on offer.

The EDT brings educators and industries together to give young people hands-on experience of engineering and build a skilled future workforce.

The trust formed a partnership with Reece Group, a holding group for a number of engineering companies operating in the defence, oil and gas, power generation, subsea and construction markets. The company is committed to investing in young people with over 10% of its workforce on apprenticeships.

The EDT's Routes into STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) taster programme offered a 30-strong group of Year 10 students from across Tyne and Wear an insight into graduate and apprentice routes into engineering, as well as practical experience by tasking them with designing and making their own product during the day.

The visit coincided with the launch of Tomorrow's Engineers Week - a campaign running until Friday, dedicated to inspiring the UK's next generation of engineers amid a growing skills shortage.

Tim Rutter, director of defence manufacturing services at Pearson Engineering, a global leader in the defence industry, designing and manufacturing products including counter-IED systems said: "We want to inspire the next generation of engineers and there is no better way than to see engineering in action for yourself. We wanted to provide a window onto the life of an engineer and also showcase the wide range of roles within an engineering business from the shop floor to design engineers and business administration."

Liam Weatherill, North East regional coordinator for EDT said: "The support of companies like Reece Group in hosting EDT projects is vital in opening up the world of engineering to young people and showing them the wide range of opportunities available. By investing their time in young people now, companies are helping to create that skilled workforce of the future that the North East and the UK desperately needs. …

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